Proving Their Mettle: Campbell & Ford Help Transform One ServiceMaster Center
Andre Ford and Michael Campbell founded their construction company in 2013, after working together for several years and deciding it was time to take a leap of faith. Now they manage some of the largest construction projects in Memphis and have grown to employ 22 people and average about $9M in revenue each year.
“I’m originally from Texas, but I’ve been in Memphis since May 2000 and I love it,” said Andre Ford, president of Campbell & Ford Construction. “The city has a lot of good people—and a lot of the right things going in the right direction. It’s great to see companies like ServiceMaster dedicating themselves to Memphis.”
Campbell & Ford Construction is an important part of the transformation of One ServiceMaster Center. In a partnership with Tri-state Ironworks, another company who will manage the fabrication and delivery of steel and hardware, Campbell & Ford will assemble and install dozens columns, steel beams, ceiling trusses. It will involve about several tons of steel and tens of thousands of nuts and bolts holding the steel in place.
“This is a smaller project for us,” continued Andre, “But we wanted to be a part of it because ServiceMaster is a great company and it’s so cool to be working on their global headquarters.”
While there is still a lot pre-construction work happening at One ServiceMaster Center, Campbell & Ford will start its work in mid-August and will be focused on the miscellaneous interior structure and steel components. At any given time, they will have about 5-10 employees in our building for several months this Fall.
You may have seen or heard about some of their projects, including the Methodist University Hospital in Midtown, the new West Cancer Clinic in Germantown, or the new TVA power plant on the river, which started as a $59,000 paint contract, but ballooned into $5M in other construction services after Andre’s company proved their ability to scale and navigate complexity.
Due in part to successes like these, the company was named as runner-up for the Mid-South Minority Business Council’s award for “Scalable Minority Business of the Year.” (Editor’s note: ServiceMaster Facilities Maintenance—and long-time franchise owner, Vince Lee, took top honors; but Andre insists he doesn’t hold a grudge.)